Two Dutch Docs Awarded at FIFA
27 March 2019
Two Dutch documentaries have been awarded at the 37th Montreal International Festival of Films on Art – FIFA (Canada). M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity won the award for Best Portrait, whereas Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story took home the Jury Award.
M.C. Escher: Journey to infinity, directed and produced by Robin Lutz, offers the viewer a glance at the dreamlike world of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. Narrated by Stephen Fry, rich testimonials offer viewers a glimpse into the soul of the artist, who saw himself as a scientist above all. The film’s animations deftly express the mathematical dimensions of his work. For his documentary Aquarius (2014) Lutz previously won the Intermedia-globe Silver Award at the World Media Festival in Hamburg.
From the Jury report: “this film creates a passionate desire to rediscover the work of Maurits Cornelis Escher. It is a complete and well-documented history that mingles the intimate and the world-renowned body of work by an artist who said he was more of a mathematician”.
Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story is a documentary directed by Stephane Kaas en Rutger Lemm and produced by BALDR Film. The Israeli writer Etgar Keret, plays an impressive game with fantasy and reality in his extremely short stories. The story of his life, too, sounds like a modern fairy tale. In this hybrid documentary, the filmmakers investigate why telling lies is essential to Keret’s survival.
From the Jury report: “everyone fell in love with the form and substance of this documentary. Inspired by his subject’s incredible style, the director had the jury laughing out loud even as he offered a deep reflection on the art of storytelling”.
For more information:
ARTFIFA 2019: www.artfifa.com/en
M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity
Robin Lutz AV Productions
Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story